Occupy This: Bitter Medicine

This ongoing debate over Obamacare, even after the SCOTUS’s decision is frustrating and a little sad. Sad because, as with so many other issues, so many people seem to relate more to the people who hold them down than with the people living next door. Frustrating because all the wrong critique, that from the right, of the PPaACA is getting attention.

I find it amazing that the hardcore anti-Obama crowd is managing to grasp one of the things that is really wrong with the act, that it will be a massive pay out to the corporations, while still maintaining that they want the corporations to remain in control of health care. I really think these people are some sort of emotional masochists. They twist logic all around just so they can keep the hate churning in their guts.

The simple fact of the matter is that we have seen for decades that Single Payer reduces costs and provides better care. We are the wealthiest nation in the world, by far, and yet we are 38th in quality of our health care. That is unacceptable. It is unacceptable that people do not receive the care they need. I have been told that it is BS that people cannot receive care here, that all they have to do is go to the emergency room. I just find it surprising that the obvious fact, the burden that this puts on ER’s that are already overflowing and understaffed, gets by people who make this argument. So rather than make an appointment with a doctor around my schedule, like a person with health insurance (or better yet, someone in a Single Payer country) I have to go to the emergency room when the pain from some unknown ailment gets too much to bear. How is that sensible or decent?

I don’t get the callousness of Americans sometime. They seem to like kicking people when they are down. I don’t want to believe we are that bad, but when the people who have the loudest voice against the PPaACA are the people who want it to go back to when it was worse, I don’t know how I can come to any other conclusion.


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